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The Corfu Trilogy : Three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise - Gerald Durrell

The Corfu Trilogy

Three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise

Paperback Published: 28th August 2006
ISBN: 9780141028415
Number Of Pages: 768

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With hilarious yet endearing portraits of his family and their many unusual hangers-on, The Corfu Trilogy also captures the beginnings of the author's lifelong love of animals. Recounted with immense humour and charm, this wonderful account of Corfu's natural history reveals a rare, magical childhood.

The Corfu Trilogy consists of the popular classic My Family and Other Animals and its delightful sequels, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods. All three books are set on the enchanted island of Corfu in the 1930s, and tell the story of the eccentric English family who moved there. For Gerald, the budding zoologist, Corfu was a natural paradise, teeming with strange birds and beasts that he could collect, watch and care for.

But life was not without its problems – his family often objected to his animal-collecting activities, especially when the beasts wound up in the villa or – even worse – the fridge. With hilarious yet endearing portraits of his family and their many unusual hangers-on, The Corfu Trilogy also captures the beginnings of the author's lifelong love of animals.

Recounted with immense humour and charm, this wonderful account of Corfu's natural history reveals a rare, magical childhood.

About the Author

Gerald Durrell (1925-1995) moved from England to Corfu with his family when he was eight. He spent much of his time studying the island's wildlife and surprising his family by keeping lots of very unusual pets in very unexpected places. He grew up to be a famous naturalist and conservationist, leading expeditions to exotic places such as Argentina, Sierra Leone, Assam and Madagascar. Durrell dedicated his life to the preservation of wildlife, especially the less glamorous kinds, which he called 'little brown jobs' and 'small uglies'. It is through his efforts that creatures such as the Mauritius pink pigeon and the Mallorcan midwife toad have avoided extinction.

Over his lifetime he presented many TV shows, and wrote thirty-seven books, including My Family and Other Animals and its two sequels, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods. He founded Jersey Zoo in 1959 as a centre for the conservation of endangered species, and in 1963 created the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust - later renamed Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in his honour - of which his wife, Lee, is still Honorary Director.

He was awarded the OBE in 1982.

This brings together 3 of my most read and favourites.

5

I read this nearly every day. A soothing book the best I've read. Will read as I did when I had all 3 separate books. Whenever you feel like getting away into a wonderful place like Corfu many years ago.

Stafford Queensland Australia

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Wonderful! As expected :)

4

Great book - as per Durrell!

Melbourne, Australia

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Thoroughly enjoying this book - so entertaining

5

Great light reading, entertaining, and written with great humour. Having been to Corfu, can identify with quite a bit of what is written, which added to the interest.

Brisbane Australia

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What a Life

5

Loved the story.

Sydney

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ISBN: 9780141028415
ISBN-10: 0141028416
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 768
Published: 28th August 2006
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 4.9
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1